The Elders Way

[In Bali] - For men 50 and over, invites men to explore the remarkable world of Eldership. To know that later life is a place of accomplishment, grace and wisdom.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince 2001 the Men in Bali programs have provided an outstanding opportunity for men to explore their potential in a unique tropical setting. Over 100 men have participated in the past 16 programs. Limited to just 8 men per program, only in Bali can we give you the luxury of 8 days devoted just to you.

Grandad CopingThe Elders Way next program dates

5th to 12th December 2018 with Wes Carter and Athol Prior



Designed for men aged 50 and over, this program is an opportunity for you to explore the potential of your last great journey in life. Far from being a place of placid ‘retirement’, The Elders Way challenges you to claim and celebrate this magnificent period of your life as a precious gift and reward for your accomplishment and contribution to yourself and to others. You will experience and share about letting go, detachment, wisdom, blessing, witnessing, creativity and the homecoming of spirit and the heart. Deeper, we will carefully and respectfully journey towards the great domains of your frailty and dying, knowing that even here there is much to be accomplished. Elders are a much needed resource within our community, there is work to do!


Lots of considerate, safe and respectful personal development group work, innovative workshop processes and sharing circles. Nothing boring! Some ritual work and plenty of reflection time. Great conversations and mateship. Plenty of village walks, meditation, bodywork, music and stunning local cultural events. We experience care, service, beautiful food, a few surprises and lots of fun!  These unique group experiences offer men an authentic, safe opportunity to go to the essence of themselves, to share and explore as a potential springboard to the next part of your life’s journey.


Why Bali?

Where else could you participate in an 8 days fully facilitated, all inclusive program with exceptional service and accommodation just sufficiently ‘out of the way’ to concentrate on just you! We offer a genuinely stunning adventure.


What’s in it for you? Past participants report:

  • A willingness to let go of past issues
  • A clearer understanding of what they want to do in the future
  • Enriched sense of family and place
  • A willingness to know and accept their life’s journey
  • Self-respect and respect for others
  • Enriched and deeper insight into their life’s purpose
  • A freedom to be with other men
  • Ability to make time and space for themselves
  • An appreciation of spirit
  • Understanding of their place in community
  • Respect from others  A sense of purpose around creativity



The Elder’s Way Program Hosts





Wes Carter.….. has 30 years’ experience conducting personal development group work with men and women. A pioneer of the Men’s movement in Australia, he has committed his life to exploring and contributing to the well being of people. A recipient of numerous awards for his work in the field of men’s health and well being. From his deep source of life experience, he shares and facilitates with rich, resonate compassion. His work has touched 100’s of lives. Wes is absolutely committed, he brings humour, challenge, support and life experience to this important work among men.









Athol Prior…. It is a delight to introduce Athol to our Men in Bali team. Athol’s retirement some years ago gave him the opportunity to indulge his passion for men’s work. He has been involved in diverse modalities in various countries over the last ten years. This includes men’s groups, ManKind and Crucible Project weekends in Australia and the US, MensWork Project offerings and National/International Elders’ Gatherings. Athol is a family man who is also committed to his own pilgrim journey into Elderhood. As an Elder, he practices the give-away of service, takes every opportunity to bless, and is excited about building bridges between men’s communities in Perth.



As a facilitator, presenter and co-ordinator of men’s work programs and workshops, Jeremy brings his sharp perception and intuition, his pragmatic approach to personal growth, his keen sense of humour and his substantial life experience to the table. He is driven by a desire to contribute to every man having a deeper understanding of himself; identifying ways of being that no longer serve and embracing alternative possibilities for the future.








Program costs

Programs cover an all inclusive amount of $1750 per person as follows:


INCLUSIONS Full Accommodation.Breakfasts, lunches and Balinese evening feasts at venue.Airport transfers to and from venue in Ubud All group work sessions (42++ Hours) Local transport to and from venue & Ubud Balinese village walks. Laundry at venue. Staff gratuities. Return transport across the island to Padang Bai Breakfast at Padang Bai. A special massage treat in Ubud. Kecak dance and fire dance ceremony EXCLUSIONS Airfares (check Garuda, Air Asia. Jetstar, Tiger) Currently around $300 return)Travel Insurance (Usually around $150 to $200, depending on who you insure with)a la carte meals in Ubud (Main course in Ubud from $8 to $15. Alcohol and bar fridge expenses(A large Bintang beer will set you back around $4)Personal shopping (Most men would spend around $100 on gifts and personal items)Massages (One and a half hours of absolute bliss, around $25, $12 to $15 for one hour – can be quite addictive)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPondok Saraswati – home of the MEN IN BALI Programs

Pondok means little house and Saraswati is the Goddess of Wisdom and Learning.  Founded in 1991, this unique, family run retreat overlooking the rice fields in Silungun near Ubud, provides a perfect tranquil space for group work. Participants enjoy all of the services and comfort of a small private hotel. Beautiful food, lovingly prepared by Nyoman Rusni, a swimming pool, village walks and outstanding service from host Wayan Mandera and friendly staff.

Pondok Saraswati.  Click HERE to see more.

Booking for The Elder’s Way

We encourage you to plan ahead to claim your space well in advance. All bookings need to be accompanied with a $300 deposit, either cheque made out to – MensWork Project Inc. post to Wes Carter 11 Kirby Way Samson 6163 – or Internet Transfer to – Westpac Bank; The MensWork Project Inc., BSB 036041; A/c No 155572. Include your name on any EFT transaction



There are a limited number of places available on the retreats so we need to manage bookings carefully. Therefore, cancellations less than 60 days before the start date forfeit 100% of deposit payment. We will refund the deposit if we can fill the cancelled place. Cancellations between 60 and 90 days before start date forfeit 50% of deposit payment unless we can fill the cancelled place. If we cancel the retreat for any reason a full refund of your deposit will be made to all participants.

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Upcoming Dates

  • 5th to 12th December 2018 with Wes Carter and Athol Prior
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